Australian High Commission
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Also accredited to the Republic of Maldives

Direct Aid Program Sri Lanka and Maldives - 2018


The Direct Aid Program

The Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) for Sri Lanka and Maldives is a competitive small grants program available to eligible organisations to undertake development activities on a not-for-profit basis.

All project proposals funded under DAP must:

  • Qualify as Official Development Assistance (ODA) (as defined by the OECD).
  • Cost up to AUD 50,000.
  • Have a specified duration of up to two years.
  • Be from a legally registered community group, international or local non-government organisation (NGO), academic body, independent institution or association (projects cannot be submitted by individuals), based in, or with an office in Sri Lanka or Maldives.
  • Be received by 31 October 2018.


    Preference will be given to projects that address one or more of the following:

    For Sri Lanka projects

  • Work with individuals or communities affected by conflict, including women, children and people with disabilities.
  • Promote social cohesion.
  • Build community awareness of, and participation in, the transitional justice process.
  • Support institutions to deliver good governance and peace-building outcomes to communities.
  • Provide or advocate for psychosocial and other disability support services for those impacted by conflict.

For Maldives projects

  • Promote social cohesion.
  • Build community awareness of, and demand for, good governance and the rule of law.

    Proposed DAP Timeline:

31 August 2018

Applications open

31 October 2018

Applications close

30 November 2018

Successful applicants notified

15 December 2018

Contracts signed and funds dispersed


NB: Organisations can submit more than one project


All applications should be submitted online via the Smartygrants platform. 

For Sri Lanka projects:

To apply in English, please click here:

To apply in Sinhala, please click here:

To apply in Tamil, please click here:

For Maldives projects:

To apply in English, please click here:

Guidance in the application process

The Direct Aid Program is governed by guidelines that applications must follow in order to be considered for funding. These include:

  • Applications should clearly detail the expected developmental impact of the project, and how this contributes to any of the specific thematic priorities listed above (i.e. peace building, reconciliation, social cohesion etc.)
  • Applications should be able to demonstrate how project outcomes will be sustained after the project has ended. For example, by demonstrating a commitment on the part of the local community to implement the activities and sustain them, and the approval of local authorities for the project.
  • Applications should include an itemised budget of realistic and reasonable costs, and contact details for referees and previous donors who can speak positively and knowledgably about the applicant organisation.
  • DAP recipients are expected to make a reasonable contribution of their own to the activity in either cash and/or kind.
  • Appropriate institutional support arrangements must be described, for example, the level of recurrent costs generated and evidence of capacity to sustain these costs in the longer term.
  • Applications should explain how the source of funding will be acknowledged (a small amount of funding may be allocated to help badge programs as Australian Government funded, e.g. stamping donated books or media outreach)
  • Applications should contain measurable performance indicators and monitoring mechanisms.
  • Building or construction related projects should meet Australian standards. Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) must not be used as a building or construction material.
  • If a project involves working with children, the organisation must implement a child protection policy, which complies with DFAT’s standards.


    Further information about the DAP Guidelines is available here.


In general, we will NOT fund the following:

  • Conferences in Sri Lanka and Maldives or overseas study tours
  • Academic training in Australia
  • Items of a recurrent nature such as staff salaries, office rentals and utility costs
  • Spare parts, supplies, maintenance and repairs
  • Payment of consultants and advisers, where they constitute a major cost component
  • Micro credit schemes
  • Administration costs or “overheads” that are more than 10% of the total value of the DAP funding  (i.e. staff salaries, office rent, utility bills, office equipment etc.). Only administration costs which clearly relate to the project will be funded.

Accountability, Transparency and Reporting

The Australian High Commission requires a high degree of transparency and accountability in relation to all projects that receive DAP grants.  Proposals must demonstrate that the risk of wastage, administration costs and other costs not delivering direct benefit to the target    community will be minimised.

An organisation receiving DAP funding will be required to:

  • Sign a contract that sets out the terms and conditions of the grant;
  • Keep full financial records of all expenditure (including receipts)
  • Submit a progress report within six months of receiving funding
  • Submit a full financial report on completion of the project, including receipts


Queries in relation to the DAP Program should be addressed to or to the DAP Coordinators on + 94 11 246 3200.


Projects (and organisations) funded in 2017/2018

                                                   Project Name


Sri Lanka Childhood Blindness Initiative

Sight for All Limited

Reconciliation and Co-existence though building knowledge and understanding

Centre for

Social Change

Poverty alleviation through livelihoods support for returnees from India in Mannar

Caritas, Valvuthayam

Mobile Dental Clinic


Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Plant

Foundation of Goodness

Construction of a dormitory win at Thilavadiya Girls Home in Palumagamum

Social Welfare


Construction of a dormitory win at Thilavadiya Girls Home in Palumagamum, Eastern Province

Social Welfare


Construction of 40 toilets

Rural Development Foundation

Gender Equality and Rights of Women in Sri Lanka

Sarvodaya Women’s Movement

Empowering women through the introduction of appropriate technology in the rural pottery industry

Integrated Agriculture Development Foundation

Tourism and Hospitality jobs for Women and Youth

Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce

Renovating agro wells in the Mullaitivu District

Green Movement of Sri Lanka

Don’t Delay Connect Today Sri Lanka , Ratnapura, Jaffna, Galle, Trincomalee and Negombo

Association of Persons with Rheumatic Diseases

Teacher Training Programme- Improve Learning Outcomes in Kanthale, Trincomalee

Street Child, Sri Lanka

Introduction of Solar LED Technology to replace kerosene lamps for fishing community in Southern Province

Nagenahiru Foundation